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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks

Wednesday, 08.02.2012 / 9:54 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks




MISSING A KEY COG

The Sharks were without defenceman Dan Boyle, who plays in their top pairing with Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

The blueliner was stricken with the flu and was a last minute scratch. Former Flame Jim Vandermeer slotted into the lineup in his absence.

EXCELLENT ROAD PERIOD

The Flames played a textbook road first period in San Jose and led the Sharks 1-0 after twenty minutes of play.

Their defensive game was extremely sound, played responsibly in the neutral zone and were able to have sustained pressure in the Sharks end when they broke into the zone.

At one point, they held San Jose to just one shot in seven minutes.

SLIP IN THE SECOND

The Flames gave themselves a two-goal lead early in the second stanza but they took their foot off the gas and the Sharks capitalized.

Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored with 83 seconds of each other to tie the game up, prompting Calgary head coach Brent Sutter to call a time out. Whatever he said to his troops seemed to work and they ended the frame leading 3-2 thanks to Iginla's 21st goal of the year.

HOLY JOKINEN

Jokinen was an offensive powerhouse for the Flames in San Jose, collecting four points and notching his seventh career hat trick.

The last time Jokinen potted three goals in a game was on Mar. 14, 2009 in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

JOINING THE 300 CLUB

Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his 300th career win on Wednesday night, becoming just the 27th player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.

The netminder made several incredible saves, including a couple in the dying minutes of the game when the Sharks were pressing for the equalizer, in the victory. He stopped 34 of the 37 shots San Jose threw at him.